Dating after divorce – an exciting new chapter

Divorce can be a life changing experience, but once you heal from the heartbreak, dating after divorce can bring new wonders into your life. Are you ready to turn the page and start a whole new chapter in your life? Jump back in the driver’s seat and prepare to take control over your direction and relationships – the place is here, the time is now!

Getting a divorce is probably one of the hardest things you’ll ever go through. But one day, when you look back on it all, you may well find that it was a positive turning point in your life: with patience, optimism, and the passing of time, life after divorce can prove to be incredibly empowering and satisfying. 

A huge part of this process, and of moving on with your life, is dating after divorce. But before you even think about entering a new relationship, you have to be in the right mind frame so that you’re truly ready to love and be loved.

Couple dating after divorce

Life after divorce: starting afresh... 

Here’s how to prepare the canvas of your upcoming relationship masterpiece:

  1. Give yourself time to be alone: Would you want to date someone who is still steeped in the sadness of a previous relationship? Of course not. Good relationships happen when both people in the relationship are fully ready to give their all, so do your bit and, whether you're dating after separation or dating after divorce, don't get started until you've had time detach emotionally from your previous partner.
  2. Talk with friends and loved ones about life after divorce: Suffering alone is a slow, lonely journey; by putting your feelings into words you can blunt the emotional impact of your issues and speed up the road to recovery.1
  3. Forgive yourself, and forgive your ex-partner: No matter what transpired over the course of your relationship, forgiveness is the key to moving on. What if your ex-partner doesn’t deserve your forgiveness? Forgive anyway - life is sweeter when you don’t carry the burden of bitterness.
  4. Keep your head up in the weeks and months after the divorce comes through: Bruised egos may well be typical during the post-divorce phase, but keep in mind that thousands of singles go through divorce every year – so go easy on yourself. Remember that a failed relationship is not an indicator of future relationship failures, and that being single for a while can actually be a positive step.

Dating after divorce: get out there!

When you’ve come to terms with the past and are ready to embrace life after divorce with exuberance and optimism, it’s time to get back into  dating. Here are a few tips:

  1. Rise from the ashes as a ravishing new you: Refresh your routines, pick up old hobbies or explore new interests. Not only will you become a more interesting person, you’ll also meet like-minded others.
  2. Avoid comparing potential new partners with your ex-partner: Sure, you should learn from past relationships, but don’t dismiss someone simply because they have some character traits that resemble your ex – you could be dismissing other redeeming qualities you’ve not yet discovered. Dating after divorce is about being open and give potential partners a chance.
  3. Be patient: You’ve come out of a failed relationship, so you want to enter a sustainable, compatible relationship, right? That takes time. You won’t always find the right person at what you deem to be the right time – so accept any set-backs with grace and resilience. Be patient and remain positive; being in the right frame of mind is the secret to dating after divorce.
  4. Fire on all cylindersRegister with EliteSingles and start meeting exciting new singles. It’s the single most effective way of meeting people in your age group and in your location.
  5. Commend yourself for being brave: Many couples stay in unhappy relationships out of apathy, laziness or fear. Congratulate yourself on actively building the life you want to live. From all the team at EliteSingles, we wish you the very best!